A Word A Day : Banality

Saturday, 31st May 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : bay-náll-tee


1. conventional or dull ordinariness

2. an ordinary remark or feature that lacks originality

3. a trite or obvious remark


Origin : 1745–55


bromide, cliché, commonplace, platitude, stereotype, truism, triteness, predictability, ordinariness, dullness, triviality, facileness


coinage, innovation, nuance, original saying, originality

Contextual Examples:

• The banality of the speaker's remarks put the audience to sleep.

• Television commercials are full of banalities.

Banality is a terribly likely consequence of the underused of a good mind. That is why in particular it is a female affliction.

Banality is a symptom of non-communication. Men hide behind their clichs.

• A mental disease has swept the planet: banalization presented with the alternative of love or a garbage disposal unit, young people of all countries have chosen the garbage disposal unit.

Related Words:

banalization : Noun

banal : Adjective

banalities : Noun - Plural

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